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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (550 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Félix J. Palma Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Map of Time Trilogy Release Date:
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A love story serves as backdrop for The Map of the Sky when New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry millionaire Montgomery Gilmore, but only if he accepts her audacious challenge: to reproduce the extraterrestrial invasion featured in Wells’ War of the Worlds. What follows are three brilliantly interconnected plots to create a breathtaking tale of time travel and mystery, replete with cameos by a young Edgar Allan Poe and Captain Shackleton and Charles Winslow from The Map of Time

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Having used H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine as the starting point for 2011’s The Map of Time, Palma now takes The War of the Worlds as the basis for this top-notch sequel…Fans of intelligent science fiction as well as historical thrillers will be rewarded.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Palma writes with shrewdness and glee.”

    Washington Post

  • “A cross-genre masterpiece.”

    Associated Press

  • The Map of the Sky keeps the reader guessing, checking, and thinking, all the while providing many sidelights on the literary history of sci-fi itself.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • Selected for the September 2012 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathleen | 1/28/2014

    " The interconnecting plot lines of this second book of The Map of Time trilogy are at times paradoxical, but that is what I thought was what made this such an enjoyable read. Do NOT read this series out of order. That's an order! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Constance | 1/22/2014

    " It's difficult to describe this series by Felix Palma, but if you can imagine a literary romp, part action adventure, part timeless love story that pays homage to H.G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, H.P. Lovecraft, and John W. Campbell (author of the original story that spawned three remakes of The Thing), you might come close to glimpsing the convolutions of this wildly inventive nod to Wells' original tale of alien invasion. Then again, in spite of lovingly coaxing forth every familiar trope of his beloved sources, Palma diverges so arcanely, I find myself wondering what drugs Palma is taking and where I can get some. (Or more wisely, how I can avoid such drugs at all costs.) Even the narrative refuses to walk the common path of narrative and boldly strikes off on its own as if to say, "I'm the writer, and I'll do as I fucking choose. Deal with it, or read something else." It helps to have read Palma's literary inspirations, because truly his knowledge of these works and deft manipulations of them are fascinating... but I would probably enjoy this book even if I hadn't, just for the sheer weird imaginative convoluted time-traveling plot shenanigans. I tip my hat to you, Palma, even if you are a wordy bastard who takes over 500 pages to get to the punchline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris Lira | 1/20/2014

    " Overall I liked it. There is a novel-within-a-novel that reminded me quite a bit of "The Terror" by Dan Simmons, which is one of my favorite books. The ending here is a bit sketchy, but overall an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michelle | 1/15/2014

    " This was a good book. Include my favorite author H.G. Wells.. "

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